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Feinstein Says She Will Not Run for Governor

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Senator Dianne Feinstein confirmed yesterday that she will not make a bid for Governor of California on the Democratic ticket, according to the Sausage Factory. Her official decision confirms the likelihood that "Attorney General Jerry Brown will be the party's nominee." Her spokesman indicated that Feinstein, 76, "alled Brown Tuesday morning to tell him she would not be running."

Brown will face the victor from a race in the GOP that seems to be left to be duked out between eBay chief executive Meg Whitman and Silicon Valley entrepreneur Steve Poizner. Last month Republican contender Tom Campbell walked away from the race to throw his hat in the ring to take on Feinstein's longtime fellow Senator Barbara Boxer's seat. Other early hopes for the Dems in the battle for the Governor had been SF Mayor Gavin Newsom, while our own Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa may have yearned for the job but never put himself in the running.